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Middle School High School

P.S. 083 Donald Hertz

Grades: K-8
950 Rhinelander Avenue
Bronx NY 10462
Phone: 718-863-1993
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Experienced teachers and a pleasant atmosphere.

The Downside

Large classes in middle school.

With students changing classes in nearly silent formation, classical music playing in the halls and art adorning walls throughout the school, PS/MS 83 is permeated by a calm, quiet atmosphere.

Situated in a quaint neighborhood peppered with small houses, the school has two buildings. Kindergarten through 4th grade students are housed in the "annex," which is actually a three-story brick building and was at capacity with more than 800 students in 2011. Upper grade students learn in the five-story middle school.

Classes tend to be large, ranging from 32 to 34 students in middle school. However, the school has a small-community feel. The halls are full of art and student projects, and many students move from one subject to another together, staying with the same class all day. Assistant principal Brandon Muccino, who has been at the school for more than a decade, seemed familiar with many students. As kids ran up and down the stairs and walked through the halls, he joked with some and issued friendly orders to others. [Muccino became principal in 2013.]

PS/MS 83 has a Regent's program in which middle schoolers can receive high school credit for classes such as earth science. There is also a middle-school guitar program, funded by VH1; a high-school prep course beginning in 7th grade; and clubs, including dance, drama and sports.

The school eliminated some of its programming for high achievers. Honors classes are available to eighth graders.

Both buildings have a cafeteria and gym, and the middle school has an auditorium, which got new seats in 2010. The school received a new playground in 2011, complete with basketball courts, play equipment and a track. Nearly all of the classrooms were equipped with Smart Boards, and every teacher had a laptop.

All the elementary classes were saw were chock full of books. Kindergarten rooms had play areas and communal rugs, although such things were absent in other elementary-level classes we viewed.

In 2011, the school had just five untenured teachers and Muccino said the majority had been in the system for more than 10 years. The staffers we met all seemed open, friendly and happy to be doing their jobs.

Each grade has about 200 students, and Muccino said in 2011, 13 students got into specialized high schools, with eight of those kids bound for the Bronx High School of Science. "A lot" of students enter parochial schools, and the rest tend toward small high schools, Muccino said.

Special education: The school offers separate classes for students with special needs, but there are also integrated classes in every grade. English language learners are also integrated into general education classrooms. Sometimes, students considered at risk work in groups of six in order to get up to speed before returning to their classrooms. Not all teachers are trained in special education, but there is professional development to help them learn more.

Admissions: The school accepts both zoned and out-of-zone students in elementary school. Most of the students who go to PS 83 enter the middle school. As a result, there is not much room for those who apply through the middle school choice process. (Nikki Dowling, November 2011; updated November 2014)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
50% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
81% Citywide Average

From 2016-17 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
78% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
52% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
50% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
45% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
51% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Collegiate Institute for Math and Science, Bronx High School for the Visual Arts, and Astor Collegiate Academy
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Living Environment

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
22% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
24% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
21% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
26% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
16% Citywide Average

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Contact & Location


Morris Park (District 11)
Trains: 5 Line to Morris Park; 2 Line to Bronx Park East
Buses: Bx21, Bx22, Bx39, Bx8, BxM10


Brandon Muccino
Parent Coordinator

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.

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